• Bixby student's lawyer files to disqualify prosecutors

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    TULSA COUNTY, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • Clark Brewster filed a motion to disqualify the Rogers County District Attorney's office as prosecutors in a sexual assault case
    • Brewster says the victim has ties to prosecutors 
    • The filing claims there are other motives behind the case, and that the incident alleged was only horseplay
    • Additional documents were filed in early April, saying the state was ignoring alleged bias. 

    A lawyer involved in the Bixby sexual assault case wants the prosecutors disqualified. 

    Clark Brewster filed a motion Tuesday morning, pointing out possible conflicts in the case involving the Rogers County District Attorney's Office. 

    Brewster says two people familiar with the victim have ties the Rogers County and Tulsa County DA's office workers. 

    Brewster says the conflicts "show real taint the in case. There's another motive out here."

    He denies the incident went further than horseplay and that interviews verify that claim; his words Tuesday reiterated what Brewster said about the accusations in a press conference. 

    Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard released this statement:

    Fighting for justice with integrity and standing up for the rights of crime victims are sacrosanct missions in my office.

    While my office cannot comment regarding ongoing criminal cases it is my duty to be the voice for victims.

    The attorneys who filed the motion to disqualify my office from prosecuting their four clients for 2nd degree rape of a juvenile have chosen to all but use the victim’s name to identify him in their document. 

    This follows last week’s media conference where they repeatedly used victim blaming and shaming in an attempt to somehow excuse  their client’s behavior by claiming rape culture is the norm.  That is what is alarming here, not their misstatements about what creates a conflict sufficient to disqualify my office.

    To claim my past work, completely unrelated to the criminal case at hand, disqualifies me defies reason and the law.

    Under the law the defendants are presumed innocent and I look forward to trying this case in a courtroom and fulfilling the commitment I made when the Attorney General appointed me to prosecute the case.

    We’ll file a response to the motion within 15 days.


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